[Development] HEADS-UP: Qt 6.4 Feature Freeze is getting closer

Jani Heikkinen jani.heikkinen at qt.io
Tue Apr 19 11:16:27 CEST 2022

Hi All,

Kindly reminder: There is less than 2 months for actual Qt 6.4 Feature Freeze and ~ a month to 'platform and module freeze' -milestone. So please notify me about all new modules planned to be released in Qt 6.4; we should start adding packaging configurations for those as soon as possible.

Jani Heikkinen
Release Manager

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Development <development-bounces at qt-project.org> On Behalf Of
> Jani Heikkinen
> Sent: torstai 3. helmikuuta 2022 10.10
> To: development at qt-project.org
> Subject: [Development] Heads-UP: Proposal for Qt 6.4 milestones &
> schedules
> Hi All,
> It is time to agree on an initial schedule for Qt 6.4. With Qt 6.3 we had some
> issues with getting content ready & packaged for  FF, alpha, and beta1 so we
> should do some adjustments to ensure smoother flow with Qt 6.4 and later
> releases.
> We have discussed this in The Qt Company mgmt and I am proposing the
> following:
> - Let's have an additional platform and module freeze two weeks before the
> official feature freeze. It means there can't be platform updates etc close to
> feature freeze and all new modules etc needs to be in CI 2 weeks before FF.
> This will mean some new platforms like macOS 13 could be postponed to .x
> release ( or of course added later as agreed exception, but the exception
> needs to be discussed and approved like all other FF exceptions). That should
> help us to keep dependency updates rolling and CI working close to feature
> freeze.
> - Let's stop releasing the official alpha release and move to the beta phase
> immediately after branching from 'dev'. Originally we had 'alpha' as a
> milestone after feature freeze where it is possible to build Qt by yourself,
> but binaries are not yet available. This is no longer relevant as we have binary
> snapshots already before the feature freeze. In addition, the typical
> (Wikipedia) definition of alpha release is before the feature freeze, not after
> as we have used it.
> And based on all the above my proposal for Qt 6.4 initial schedule is:
> - Supported platforms and new modules in place 20th May 2022 (platform
> and module freeze)
> - Feature freeze Fri 3rd June 2022
> - Branching from dev to 6.4 (start of Beta phase) Mon 6th June 2022
> - Beta 1 release 14th June 2022
> - Branching from 6.4 to 6.4.0 Mon 5th September 2022
> - Qt 6.4.0 final Thu 29th September 2022
> br,
> Jani
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